Here's my Atlantic Self Clearing guide for vehicles. I couldn't have done it without @Dah_Hunter guide he wrote but since he's in BC I did run in to a few differences I tried just typing the 'differences' between the two but it made it more confusing. You should read @Dah_Hunter post about this anyway http://import-era.com/threads/doing-customs-yourself-the-quick-guide.607/. I had lots of help from @Ihatedomestic along the way so a big thanks to him some of this info is from him. Things you will need- Patience Ability to fax and receive faxes (I used http://www.onlinefaxes.com/ ) Official updated version of Adobe Reader 1. You should receive the following from your exporter- Bill of Sale/Invoice Export Certificate (in Japanese) Export Certificate translated Bill of Lading 2. A few days before arrival you will receive a “Notice of Arrival/Freight Invoice” from a shipping company (WWL in my case). This starts of the remainder of the process 3. Download and complete the soil inspection sheet from the Canada Food Inspection Agency, it's form 5272 “Request for documentation review” formerly “Request for Release Approval”. http://www.inspection.gc.ca/DAM/DAM-comn-comn/STAGING/text-texte/c5272_re_1369400657637_eng.pdf The form will ONLY work in an official adobe acrobat reader. You will have to fax this, in my case they faxed it back within 20 minutes, just because it's faxed back doesn't mean the inspection is completed, it's just on file. 4. Get insurance lined up, print a insurance card, make it valid for the day you plan to do your running around. I recommend Michelle Veinott at WCL Bauld Insurance, 24 Wentworth St, Dartmouth. Mveinott@wclbauld.com 5. Go pay the Waybill 'Notice of Arrival/Freight Invoice'. In my case it was with Wallenius Wilhelmsen they rent office space at 1959 Upper Water St (Purdys wharf) suite 1301. You can pay the receptionist in money order or bank draft and she will stamp your documents. After you have done this, send them an email to remind them to fax the “carrier release” to the dock, in my case that wasn't done and took several phone calls at the dock to eventually get it, they should do this automatically but they have been known to forget. 6. Go to CBSA office 1557 Hollis st. (make a left when you come through the main doors). Tell them you are importing a vehicle and require a Form 1. Items you should have- Stamped “Notice of Arrival/Freight Invoice” (from step 4) Completed Request for documentation review (from step 3) Bill of Sale Export Certificate original Export Certificate translation Bill of Lading My vehicle had not yet cleared the soil inspection so couldn't be released. She simply completed everything, I paid, and was sent on my way. She did give me her number and took mine so she could call when it was released. (In my case I only paid duty 6.1% and GST 5% on the cost of the vehilce without the fees/transport costs) 7. Head to Access Nova Scotia for registration. You will need all the paperwork up until now (other than the “Notive of Arrival/Freight Invoice” CBSA kept that in my case). If they give you a hard time for some reason just leave and try somewhere else (hint make a copy of your Export Certificate and Export Certificate translation before you go as they will take the originals). edit-It is advised you don't go to the Bayers Lake location try Sackville. 8. Once you hear from CBSA swing by the Hollis st. Office and pickup the completed 'Notice of Arrival/Freight Invoice” make sure you get both copies. As the vehicles for Nova Scotia get transferred in Baltimore there are two of these (mine had a main copy and a 'memo' copy), you will need both to free your vehicle. edit- If you wait with step#6 until the soil inspection is complete then this step won't be needed as you'll get all your paperwork right away. 9. Collect your car. Discharge Location- Ceres Terminal (cargo moving on ACL vessels) Ceres: 902-453-4590 option 2 and option 2 again 6708 Bayne Street, Halifax open 8:00AST – 12:30 AST You will not be permitted to boost it in the dock area, they will boost for you, but may want to bring booster cables so you can get it going again in the parking lot outside,where you should stop and put in some fuel (I didn't even make it to the parking lot, had to be pushed there not a drop of fuel left.). I'd bring fuel and booster cables at least, and probably some basic tools (we actually left it parked there and went to get oil and a drain pan to do an oil change but hopefully this won't be needed on your vehicle). Unlike in BC we do not require cash at pickup as you've already paid for everything. Tip- In my case literally everyone in this process made typos, my first and last name, my address, the name of the truck, even the total money due. I just ignored them for the most part, however Access NS had registered it with a typo in the VIN. This seemed easier to tackle right away rather than ignore. (If you ever do find yourself with a vehicle with a typo in the VIN in NS you need to get a form from Access NS and get a peace officer to sign to the 'correct' VIN, I've done it before and it's not a huge deal but easier to tackle right away) Just a heads up for you to keep track of what's going on, and expect mistakes. Let me know if you have any additions or questions.